Muleshoe is the agricultural and shipping center of the county. Its farm supply manufacturing and food and feed processing plants play major roles in the local economy. But this area started out as part of the historic XIT Ranch. You can still find some of that history today.
Nestled off US Highway 84 the "World's Largest Muleshoe," standing 22 feet high and 17 feet wide, greets you as you embark on a voyage into Bailey County history.
"Originally the Santa Fe Railway system offered to give the Muleshoe Depot, the Santa Fe Depot to the city of Muleshoe," Jean Allison, who helped develop the Muleshoe Heritage Center, said.
That offer, back in the early 1980s, sparked the interest of 10 high school seniors and the idea of a heritage center.
"The county commissioners donated this land. It was pretty rugged it didn't look like this, how pretty this is now," Allison said.
It's now home to various pieces of Muleshoe area history including an 1897 XIT cookhouse, an early 1900s hotel and two 1915 mail-order ranch houses.
"This is the John Jane's Ranch House. It was moved from 6 or 7 miles east of Muleshoe," Dolores Harvey, who is the hostess at the center, said. "Mr. Janes met his young bride and someone told him that he needed to build her a nice home. So this is what he did. He built her a nice home."
That four bedroom, two bath, two story home, complete with a sitting parlor, ball room and basement, is now a legacy left to the Muleshoe people and a museum to showcase the town's history.
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